George Orwell News
Orwell Prizes 2021: Longlists for all four categories announced; winners to be declared around 25 June
The Orwell Foundation honours writers for their works that largely fall under the four categories of political writing, political fiction, journalism, and exposing Britain’s social evils.
Murdoch's News Corp to buy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s book-publishing division for $349 million
News Corp. owns HarperCollins, one of the industry’s largest book publishers, which will operate the division, called HMH Books & Media, the company said on 29 March.
An inhabitant of thresholds: On George Orwell, reclusiveness and the merits of belonging between places as a journalist
The tyranny of numbers is all around us, in every sphere. How many website hits has the journalistic story got? It’s a good story if it has lots of hits. How many likes on Facebook and retweets on Twitter did the column get? It’s a fine column if it got plenty of those. How good is the television show? Well, it’s the best if it has the highest viewership. In other words, the measure of quality is quantity.
'Stalin jokes': How humour helped relieve tension, cope with harsh realities in a repressive regime
We laugh in the darkest times, not because humour can change our circumstances, but because it can always change how we feel about them. Jokes never mean only one thing, and the hidden story of political humour under Stalin is far more nuanced than a simple struggle between repression and resistance.
Animalia Indica: Sumana Roy curates stories that uphold bygone animal-human bond, dazzle with illustrations
Animalia Indica: The Finest Animal Stories in Indian Literature, edited by Sumana Roy, is a collection of 21 stories from different parts of the subcontinent, "written in the last one hundred years or so". Most of these stories focus on human-animal interactions, though there are a few devoted solely to the animal world as well.
Alpa Shah on Nightmarch, her Orwell Prize-longlisted account of journeying into India’s Naxal heartland
Alpa Shah’s journey through India's Naxal belt with a guerrilla platoon is documented in her 2018 book, Nightmarch. This year, the title has been longlisted for the prestigious Orwell Prize for Political Writing.
Many animals are self-aware, so maybe its time researchers quit codenaming them
Siri & Alexa have surely been proposed to at some point, yet lab animals still go by alphanumeric codes.
From politicians to common citizens, Twitter users express fury over MHA snooping notification; label it Orwellian and unconstitutional
Not just calls or emails, but any data can be intercepted and devices can be seized by the agencies.
Patna Blues' author Abdullah Khan on ambition, the ordeal of civil service exams and George Orwell
Abdullah Khan, the author of Patna Blues, breathes life into the city and highlights the struggle of a young boy appearing for his civil service examinations
The Freedom of the Press
First published in 1972, George Orwell's proposed preface to Animal Farm makes a compelling — and timeless — argument for upholding the freedom of the press
Netflix acquires rights for George Orwell's Animal Farm, adaptation to be directed by Andy Serkis
The announcement comes days after Netflix acquired Andy Serkis' adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, titled Mowgli, from Warner Bros.
Aadhaar cards linked with mobile numbers are an Orwellian nightmare, offer ringside seat to Big Brother
Through the Aadhaar card, Big Brother will not only be watching, he will be cataloguing your preferences, lifestyle and intrude into every aspect of life.
Gandhi Jayanti highlights: Mahatma believed intolerant people focus on matters away from spirituality
Like the life of Mahatma Gandhi. Poetry, prose or drama; fiction or nonfiction — Gandhi is everywhere.
Gujarat Congress MLAs defect to BJP: Resort politics must end, parties must treat legislators with respect
The sordid story of the Congress herding its Gujarat MLAs to Bengaluru on Friday and virtually locking them in a resort to keep them safe from poachers in the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections reminds me of the two delightful scenes from Orwell’s novella.
George Orwell's 1984 was published 68 years ago: Other dystopian novels that now hit home
Dystopian novels like Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 are on the same line as George Orwell's 1984.
Champions Trophy 2017: In the era of IPL and social media, international cricket must be more inclusive
George Orwell wrote, in the context of international football, that ‘sport is an unfailing cause of ill-will'. The same may now be true of International cricket.
Brand Modi row: Gandhi's legacy lives beyond history, diary or calendar
In our pursuit of the controversy surrounding Narendra Modi "replacing Gandhi" in a KVIC calendar, and Haryana minister Anil Vij calling Gandhi a lesser "brand", we are forgetting that here we are talking about a man who lives beyond the pages of history, diaries and calendar.
George Orwell in Burma: Graphic designer vows to make Myanmar town a tourist hub
"We're collecting materials for the museum right now, such as photos, data and other heritage of Katha. And we're also renovating George Orwell's house by maintaining its own original style.
Shilpa Shetty slams Twitter trolls on Animal Farm goof-up, says 'never complain, never explain'
Shilpa Shetty Kundra has slammed Twitterati for mocking her over her misinterpretation of George Orwell's novella 'Animal Farm'.
Edward Snowden is live on Reddit, ask him anything!
Edward Snowden, whistleblower extraordinaire is live on Reddit, right now, this minute. Head over to the AMA and ask him anything you want.